Debora Marcus Mandelbaum, a lover of nature and classical music, a lifelong environmental, peace and women's rights activist, and a highly respected psychotherapist in Ridgefield, CT, passed away 3 months shy of her 60th birthday. Her 14-year battle with breast cancer, came to an end on January 2, 2012. Her cancer had metastasized two years prior to her passing. She passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in her living room filled with plants, flowers, paintings, candles, and soothing music, all of her choosing. Debby was beloved by all who met her -- maintaining friendships from her youth in Fair Lawn, NJ, to Dickinson College in Carlisle PA, and her years earning her master's at Adelphi U. on Long Island, to all the groups to which she belonged in Ridgefield. Throughout her life Debby served as a role model for her peers, her children, and her clients. Debby was the founder of the Ridgefield Earth Alliance and launched the town's first-ever, now-annual Earth Day celebration. She co-founded the Ridgefield Open Space Association, working successfully to save hundreds of acres of wilderness, known as Bennett's Pond. She served as a professional member of the town's Crisis Team and was a proud member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Leading by example, she also shared her morals and values by breeding future environmental leaders through her Earth Keepers group at the local elementary school. Debby enjoyed gardening, walking her dog in the woods, cooking special meals, birding, traveling, harmonizing, reading, and watching the news and comedy-news shows. She also enjoyed playing Scrabble and discussing music, food, art, human rights and politics. Debby is survived by her husband Michael and two children, Jamie and Philip as well as her sister Susan, her brother Jeff and her father Louis. Debby requested that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, friends and family consider making donations -- in her name -- to METAvivor."
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